Fall 2020 Commencement Celebration

Fall 2020 Graduates Share Words of Wisdom

Never fear failure or the unknown; always challenge yourself to do great things.

Ezra D Rose

"Artists beautify the world, and by doing so, we beautify our own spirits. Art is philosophy; art is wisdom. Art must serve, but it must also lead. Through art, you find your own way to positively enjoy the world."

--Master Linus Chao
November 25, 1930 - May 01, 2019

"I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."

(Phillipians 4:13, KJV)

The more I live, the more I learn
The more I learn, the more I realize how
little I know.

-- from the movie YENTL

“Logic may indeed be unshakeable, but it cannot withstand a man who is determined to live.”

--Franz Kafka

Always grasp great opportunities even if you don't know what you're doing; this discovery is where the adventure lies.

Ezra D Rose

"A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference."

--Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh

"Life is worth living as long as there's a laugh in it!"

--Anne Shirley from the series Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery

"The flower that blooms in adversity, is the most rare and beautiful of all."

--The Emperor of China, Mulan

Aloha is not for sale

Ashlynn Kaniho

“My definition of art has always been the same. It is about freedom of expression, a new way of communication. It is never about exhibiting in museums or about hanging it on the wall. Art should live in the heart of the people. Ordinary people should have the same ability to understand art as anybody else. I don’t think art is elite or mysterious. I don’t think anybody can separate art from politics. The intention to separate art from politics is itself a very political intention.”

--Ai Weiwei (the most powerful artist in the world)

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

― Theodore Roosevelt

"Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness, will we discover the infinite power of our light"

--Brene Brown

"If you cant Fly, then Run,
If you canʻt Run, then Walk,
If you canʻt Walk, then Crawl,
But Whatever you Do,
Keep Moving."

--Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

"If you bring forth what is within you, what you have will save you. If you do not have that within you, what you do not have within you destroy you."

-- Jesus (Gospel of Thomas, 70)

"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them."

--Walt Disney

Give your best effort. Know that Ke Akua believes in you, so believe and have faith in yourself. Live the life you love and love the life you live. Always give aloha!

"Oh yes, the past can hurt. But the way I see it, you can either run from it, or learn from it."

--Rafiki, The Lion King

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.”


Be brave enough to explore every inch of who you are. Be kind enough to love everything you find.

Jason Thomas Ozbolt

Life changes, life evolves,
and time goes on.
Make the right changes, be the right change,
evolve for the better,
for yourself,
for existence,
and be remembered in time.

Victor M Yurtola

"Keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things...your curiosity will lead you down the path of success!"

-- Walt Disney

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

-- Declaration of Independence
U.S. Congress, July 4, 1776

"You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream"

- C.S. Lewis

What lies behind us, and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.

–- Ralph Waldo Emerson

For we are God's masterpiece He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us

Ephesians 2:10.

"When life gets you down, you know what you gotta do? “Just keep swimming.”

--Dory, Finding Nemo